Pulse Crops. Surprisingly good for your farm. WHY GROW PULSES? +

Welcome, producers

Alberta-grown pulse crops aren't just good for the soil; they’re also good for your bottom line. Grown across the province in a variety of production systems, pulses – which include peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils, and faba beans – reduce your input costs and spread your workload at seeding and harvest, making them the perfect fit for any sustainable farm.

With our crop management guidelines, variety information, and market insights, Alberta Pulse Growers will show you just how good pulses are. Surprisingly good, in fact.

Zone 5 Yield Challenge for Peas and Faba Beans

Pulse growers in Zone 5 are invited to enter their pea and faba bean crops in the Zone 5 Yield Challenge being held in celebration of International Year of Pulses. A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the producer with the highest yield for peas, and another $5,000 for the top-yielding faba bean field.

The competition is open to growers who have paid levy in the last two years, and are cropping in the following areas: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo; Lac La Biche County; MD of Bonnyville; County of St. Paul; Smoky Lake County; County of Two Hills; Lamont County; County of Minburn; County of Vermilion River; MD of Wainwright; MD of Provost; County of Paintearth; County of Stettler; County of Camrose; Beaver County; and Flagstaff County.

Producers will be required to submit a completed spreadsheet prior to harvest in order to compete. The spreadsheet will include a list of all inputs, seeding dates, rates and other information. Interested producers are invited to email Nevin Rosaasen at nrosaasen@pulse.ab.ca to receive an application and provide a $50 deposit by June 30. Growers are asked to include their legal land description in their email.

Pulse Crop Protection Products This Season - Updated for May 2016

Pulse growers are advised to be aware of possible marketing restrictions that may arise from using certain crop protection products this season. More than 85% of Canada's pulse production is exported to feed the world. Market access is important to the Canadian pulse industry, and growers play a key role in keeping the doors open. Guidelines for specific products updated to May 2016 are now available. Click here for more information.

Pulse Production Online Database is Now Live

Updated information about growing and marketing pulse crops in Alberta is now available through the Pulse Online Database or PulsePOD. Click here to check it out.

International Year of Pulses 2016 

The United Nations declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses (IYP2016). Click here to view the IYP2016 video. The goal of the year is to raise the profile of pulses and to celebrate the role of beans, chickpeas, lentils and other pulses in feeding the world.  It is a galvanizing moment to draw together key actors to further the contributions pulses make to health, nutrition, and sustainability.  

IYP2016 will promote broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by pulse farmers, be they large scale farms or small land holders.

Please visit iyp2016.org or iypcanada.ca regularly to keep up to date on IYP2016 activities and announcements.

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